President Museveni Launches construction of Cement Factory

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President Yoweri Museveni at the commissioning of Moroto cement factory.
President Yoweri Museveni at the commissioning of Moroto cement factory.
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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that he wants all the people in the Karamoja sub-region to benefit from the ongoing industrial development in the area.

“You heard that these factories which will make clinker will save Uganda380 million US Dollars of imported clinker and they will create jobs as well as pay taxes.

So the people working in the factories will benefit, the government will benefit by taxes but I also want all the Karimojongs to benefit in all the other ways,” President Museveni said.Clinker is the backbone of cement production.

The President made the remarks on Tuesday 13 september  during the ground breaking ceremony of a clinker and cement production plant in Moroto District.

The factory is being set up by West International Holding Limited, a subsidiary of China West Cement Limited (stock code 2233.HK), a HongKong listed company.

The firm is an international group enterprise integrating cement production and marketing, corporate management and industrial investment.

Founded in September 2019, West International Holding Limited, is committed to the investment, operation and management of cement enterprises in African and Central Asian countries and regions, specializing in the operation and management of the cement sector.

President Museveni however noted that since all the people of Karamoja cannot work in the cement factory, they can create business streams that can help them to also make money from the factory indirectly.

Talking of compensation, which is alright, but they must bring the killers first because we cannot go on with this nonsense. Other people are going to the moon, but we are here wasting time. For my people of Pokot, the leaders must be very firm.

This game of using the fact that you have Pokot in Uganda and Kenya, and you steal cows and take them to Kenya, that should stop.